Cabochard means ‘stubborn’ or ‘headstrong’
Posted at 1:05 am by 1909ventilo, on December 1, 2010
I am bidding on a vintage new old stock bottle of Cabochard! Can’t wait to see if I get it!
is a fragrant image of Alix Gres
. Even the name, chosen by Madame Gres
herself (in French Cabochard means ‘stubborn’ or ‘headstrong’)
reflects her free spirit and will. Cabochard
was created after Madame Gres
‘ trip to India. She described a beautiful perfume to the young perfume creator Guy Robert – very flowery, rich like tuberose yet softer, contrasted by fresh, slightly green note. It was a water hyacinth! After several trials, Madame Gres
recognized her perfume. It was light and floral. However, the trend dictated intensive and strong chypre
(1919), Cuir de Russie
(1924), Scandal (1933), Bandit
(1944)), so Madame Gres
decided to launch two perfumes at the same time: floral Chouda and leather chypre Cabochard
, created by Bernard Chant
Cabochard was launched in 1959 and instantly became very popular; Madame Gres said that it reminded her of her walks along the long and empty beaches of India: sharp freshness of the morning air, warmth of sandalwood, a touch of flower and comfort of the sea breeze.
A couple of months after it was created the production of Chouda was suspended. The delivered 5 liters of the perfume was most probably worn by Madame Gres herself.
The first bottle of Cabochard was very plane and simple (Madame Gres wanted to minimize the costs), with pharmaceutical top and a grey bow. The Chouda bottle had a green bow.
By information of Parfums Gres
MADAME GRÈS, A RARE DAY DRESS, 1940S
black moiré silk, with elbow length sleeves and full skirts, the bodice draped and folded to create a waistcoat-effect, labelled Grès, secondary label Santina Buenos Ayres
- Price includes buyer’s premium
- I have never seen such a photo on Christie’s before Yikes! they must of been in some kind of hurry…..
- Below is a photo of Madame Gres herself
I love old things! I’ve been collecting Vintage and antiques since I was practically a kid! I love researching the Edwardian era. … I am so… sentimental and concerned with things of the past…my family and friends cease to talk to me at times. I love period movies: Horseman on the Roof, Wuthering Heights, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Bleak house, and John Adams. My favorite actress is Juliette Binoche, in the movie Chocolat. I know it’s just a movie but, I feel if people would act that kind the world would be a better place to live.
I am on a constant mission to discover treasures; I love one-of-a-kind items, no one else has. Because I buy too much, occasionally I sell my items; Vintage prom, purses, antiques and incredible Edwardian jewelry. Originally I started this blog for myself, my little space to keep all my research notes, price realized and my photo creations. It seems there is more to this blog now, hopefully you can feel my love for the past.
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